Today my ninth-grade son was suspended from school for saying something foolish. He repeated a quip, "The road shall run red with the blood of the gringo!" during lunch at Brawley Union High School.
Since he is about as "gringo" as you can get, it seems obvious it is just a joke. Unfortunately, all the Santana and Granite Hills incidents have removed the humor from high school.
As his parents, we have spoken to him about trying to be sensitive to the fears of others, especially after his older brother was suspended earlier this year for doing something equally silly (playing with a toy gun off campus but during school hours).
I am sure there are many who would say we have been delinquent as parents if our kids do goofy things. But the point is, that both incidents were just cases of kids with a bit of imagination and humor playing around. I personally refuse to inhibit my children from exercising their imagination or trying to make the world laugh where a bit of humor is appropriate.